Michael Childers is working on a history of the administration of Yosemite National Park. He has blogged a bit about this. He now has some closing thoughts about the place, and how visitors’ experiences are key to that place: Celebrating Yosemite 12: Closing Thoughts and Hiking Half Dome | BlogWest.org.
Christy Sweet is the curator at Kam Wah Chung, an Oregon State Parks historic site in John Day, Oregon. (Yes, that Christy–once upon a time, my student assistant, and so a NWC alumna and, of course, a history major.)
She is happy to welcome visitors to her historic site. You don’t need to tie a tie there, though … (watch the video, though. That narrow cloth thing around the man’s neck is called a tie … ties are becoming historic artifacts …)
Carl Preussl painted Yellowstone’s Old Faithful (1929) in a manner that suggests nature’s power, both in geyser and in color. Tourists, then and now, pay attention, at least for a moment. (Cars were no longer new in the park then; you can see touring cars depicted in the painting at the bottom.)
The original is at the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. A post on the painting from the BBCW is here: Treasures: Carl Preussl’s Old Faithful.
John Fea of Messiah College highlights a tension worth noting this sesquicentennial year for Gettysburg and other events of the Civil War in 1863: preserving and commemorating “sacred ground” and commercialism. You can read his post here: